Musings: Oh La La

France! What does that say to you? Does it say delicious and rich food – from heavy wines to fantastic cheeses? Does it say culture and art from Normandy to the Louvre? France might mean something to each individual. France is a popular destination, but you might be indecisive about it being your next getaway. Don’t be! France is a fantastic place to visit, and you should certainly pay a visit. There’s absolutely no reason not to, and in fact, we’re more than happy to provide you with 7 reasons to visit the country of love itself that might just change your mind about the place! Viva le Francais!

 

1 – The Catacombs

The catacombs are unique to France – but the idea of an ossuary isn’t. However, France do it the creepiest and the best. Get a tour guide to take you into the Catacombs – in deepest darkest Paris. You’ll want a tour guide, because if you get lost, you might not come back up! However, they are worth seeing and experiencing.

 

2 – It’s Accessible!

France is one of the most accessible places on the planet. With buses and trains, you can get in and out of France really easily, and with a bunch of airports like Charles De Gaulle in Paris you can get in through flights and Jettly. You’ve got no excuse when it comes to this area as France is one of the easiest destinations to get to. As for staying overnight? You’ve got options from budget – to budget busting! There are plenty of cute hotels like the Hotel Ares Eiffel to majestic options like the Bordeaux Grand Hotel. There’s too many options to describe – but if you just want a place to rest your head, stick to the budget chains or a hostel.

3 – The Language

French people get a bit of disrespect about their manners, and that’s unfair. They just appreciate someone who can take the time to understand their mannerisms and culture. If you can get a hang of the language, you’ll be appreciated, and you’ll also sound cool. What’s not to like about that? It’s not that hard to learn at all – try it! An intensive course can be found at Lutece Langue in the heart of Paris.

 

4 – The Food

France is the land of bistro – that means high-quality, yet casual dining on the corners of streets. What’s more – each area of France has a speciality. The creamy, rich sauces of Normandy to the coastal seafood of Provence, each area has its own flavour. Le Chapon Fin in Bordeaux excels with this regional cooking identity – while you can enjoy incredible light delights at Le Cafe de Paris; supposedly the place where the crepe suzette was invented! If you’re after unique, why not head to the basement dining experience of the romantic La Boheme in Toulouse? No matter where you are – try the Coq au Vin – it’s a rich dish, but you could say it’s France on a plate!

5 – Art

Mona Lisa. Nike of Samothrace. The Seated Scribe. What do these timeless pieces of art have in common? They are situated within the halls of Paris’ world famous Louvre Museum – the largest museum in the world. While the Louvre is worth a visit, Musée de l’Orangerie  contains some of Monet’s work, where the Palais des Beaux Arts in Lille contains some of Rembrandt’s finest art.

6 – The Buildings

It’s not just art on the page, paper, and stone – France plays host to some of the most amazing buildings and monuments in world history. From the Eiffel Tower to the Arc de Triomphe – there is a lot in this country to take your breath away – even in the day to day buildings and architecture you’ll find on the streets of Paris to the boulevards of Nice.

7 – Wine

We might not be big drinkers, but we can still enjoy the fruits of France, and that includes wine. Some of the best wine can be found in France, and you’ll do well to take a bottle home with you. Of course, it’s not just the tastebuds – France’s Vineyards, like La Source des Fées in Burgundy. will take your breath away!

Char xo

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